Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP)
In preparation for mandatory traceability in the livestock sector, the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF), government and industry have been working together to add RFID tags to the list of approved CSIP identifiers. Click here for more information
Afin de permettre la traçabilité obligatoire dans le secteur de l'élevage, la Fédération canadienne du mouton (FCM), le gouvernement et l'industrie ont collaboré afin d’ajouter les étiquettes RFID (identification par radio fréquence) à la liste des identifiants approuvés par le Programme canadien d'identification des moutons (PCIM). Lire plus
(please call your local CCWG branch for pricing details)
CSIP approved tags - how to apply
Shearwell Data Ltd SET tags
FarmWorks - User Guide at Sheep Central
Allflex RFID yellow button tags
Allflex RFID yellow button tags and dangle tags
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba producers contact:
CCWG Lethbridge, Alberta branch at 1-800-567-3693.
Ontario producers contact:
CCWG Carleton Place, Ontario at 1-800-488-2714
CCWG Cookstown, Ontario at 1-866-458-4800
Atlantic producers contact:
Atlantic Wool Growers, Nova Scoita
c/o Cathy Vallis 1-902-895-4039
National Identification - CFIA Enforcement
The CFIA has been monitoring and enforcing compliance to this program over the last 11 months. Overall tagging compliance has been good. Since the summer, the CFIA has begun auditing producers' on-farm records. Each year, 1% of farms within each province will be audited by a CFIA inspector.
Sheep producers are required by law to comply with the following:
To apply the approved tags to all sheep and lambs before they leave your farm.
To keep records of all sheep or lambs entering your flock for breeding purposes.
To keep records of all sheep 18 months or older leaving your farm, other than those sold directly to a federally or provincially inspected abattoir. This includes animals leaving the premises temporarily (i.e. exhibitions, veterinarian clinic, community pastures).
The regulations also state:
If a tag is subsequently lost, you must immediately apply a new approved CSIP ear tag and record the identification number with as much information about the origin of the animal as is know.
It is illegal to remove or tamper with tags from any live animal for any reason.
Previously used tags should not be used to tag a different animal.
Identification of Sheep in Quebec
Questions & Answers
The only exception is that producers, who are shipping animals to Québec, must use the Allflex RFID tag in conjunction with either the Allflex dangle tag or the Ketchum tag as of January1, 2005.
For producers in provinces other than Québec you need to be aware of the regulations that are being implemented in Québec if you conduct business with producers and packing plants within that province. This has generated several common questions;
Q: If I am transporting sheep through the province of Québec to another province do they have to be tagged with RFID tags?
A: No. As long as the sheep are in transit through the province to a destination outside the province of Québec all that is required is the standard CSIP tag.
Q: What happens if I sell a breeding ewe or ram to a producer in Québec?
A: The animal must be identified with and RFID tag before it crosses the Québec border.
Q: If I sell lambs direct to a packing plant in Québec what do I do?
A: In order for the lambs to be accepted by a packing plant in Québec they will have to be identified with both an RFID tag and either a Ketchum Kurl-lock #3 CSIP tag or the Allflex CSIP dangle tag. Packing plants in Québec are not allowed to apply tags so it will be the shippers' responsibility to make sure that the lambs are tagged.
Q: What happens if I ship lambs to a plant in Québec without the proper tags?
A: It is an offence for either a trucker or a packing plant in Quebec to accept lambs not identified with adequate ID. You will not be able to sell these animals in Québec and will have to bring them home until they are tagged.
Q: What happens if sheep I consign to a sale barn are bought by a Québec buyer for a Quebec packing plant?
A: It is the responsibility of the transporter and the buyer to make sure that the sheep have the correct tags. They will have to ensure that the animals are tagged with CSIP RFID tags and this information is recorded and passed on the Agri-Tracabilite Québec (ATQ).
Q: Do I have to tag my sheep with RFID if I am taking them to a livestock show in Québec and then bringing them home?
Q: If I have sheep consigned to a breeding stock sale like the All Canada Sheep Classic that was held in Richmond, Québec in 2003 would the sheep have to be tagged with RFID?
Q: Do I need to cross reference the Ketchum tags with the RFID tags that are also in my name?
A: Yes. Individuals applying a new tag to an animal must cross reference the new tag number with the original tag number and keep a record.
For more information on RFID in Québec please contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at 1-888-684-7739 or Agri-Tracabilite Quebec (ATQ) at 1-866-270-4319.